We are logging state and local government measures taken in response to the spread of the coronavirus strain that causes the disease COVID-19. Part of this collection will be storing files — primarily, PDF declarations of a state of emergency and other executive orders. This MuckRock Assignment is intended to break those documents down into the measures they contain. The aim of this project is to better understand how states and local governments are responding to this public health crisis.
Each submission to this assignment should be a single measure. A government directive, such as a governor’s executive order, may contain many measures.
We intend to write these measures into a catalogue of government efforts to deal with the spread of coronavirus and lessen its impact. We hope this resource will help people compare what measures are and are not being taken in their communities and better understand the realm of possible government action in response to a health crisis like this one. The files will be stored in a DocumentCloud Beta project with the same title: Governments in Crisis: state a local responses to COVID-19.
A growing database of known uses by local and federal U.S. agencies of automated decision making and related technologies, including related policies, caselaw, and research groups.
A feature of Algorithmic Control: Automated Decisionmaking in America’s Cities brought to you by MuckRock and the Rutgers Institute for Information Policy & Law (RIIPL).
Some examples of technologies and policies:
Facial recognition technology
Location-based transportation planning tools
Risk assessment tools used in judicial proceedings
Housing and homelessness service tools
Social service algorithmic decision systems
Algorithmic decision systems in government assistance or protection
Educational service delivery tools
Algorithmic impact assessments
Bans on automated decision making systems
Oversight measures and standards
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- 144 submissions
- 143 contributors
MuckRock and Open the Government and MuckRock are using FOIA to send public records requests about facial recognition technology to hundreds of police agencies across the country. Hundreds of other agencies, however, remain unaudited. If you would like to know more about the use of facial recognition technology in your community, this guide will provide resources on how to start.
Find our guide on how to file your own FOI request here.
- 31 submissions
- 31 contributors
Thousands upon thousands of sexual assault evidence collection kits have gone untested and the crimes perpetrated unpunished. MuckRock is starting a crowdsourced effort to understand the extent of the problem in cities and towns across the country. Help the cause by simply inputting your local town, county, or law enforcement agency in the form below.